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Ti (The Ti Plant) Purification L...

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:23pm

Ti (The Ti Plant)

Lawe 'ia aku na hala nui, na hala li'ili'i.

A kiola, hiolei loa i Moana nui kai 0'0.

Translation: Take away all great faults, and all small faults. Throw them all into Maona-nui-kai-o'o, the great ocean!

In Hawai'i, ti leaves have been used in wrapping food for cooking, thatching roofs, making sandals, and treating illness. It is customary to wrap a rock with a ti leaf as an offering, a ho'okupu, to the sacredness of waterfalls.

Ti can relieve pressure, facilitate healing, and offer protection and purification. Hawaiian purification rituals use salt water, the same substance that tears are made of. Sometimes there is nothing better than a good cry to help restore your ability to think clearly. Purification is needed when negative influences, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual, block your progress.

Protection and purification are inseparable.

The relationship between protection and purification is exemplified in the Hawaiian word kala. Among the many meanings of kala are: "to loosen, untie, free, release, remove, unburden; to forgive, pardon, excuse". Kala is also used to refer to the efforts to counter or free one from any negative influence. Purification ensures protection from negative and harmful influences.

Purification operates at the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.

Physical purity requires a healthy diet, adequate exercise and rest, and a clean environment. If something is blocking you from achieving a state of physical purity, now may be the time to make a change.

Emotional purity requires making sure that your deeds and words are genuine. This involves simplicity, straightforwardness, and honesty. If you are holding onto grudges or resentments, then now may be the time to release them.

Mental purity is the result of clear intention.

Spiritual purity results from focusing on the highest good.

Use the purification of Ti to release anything that keeps you from shining brightly, and your cares will fall away like water down a mountain.

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